Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Rating: 4.0/5.0 stars
Main Takeaway: A captivating trilogy that expands the boundaries of your mind and makes you sucker for love (even when you aren’t one!). Must Read!
Marguerite Caine has a seemingly normal life; raised by two physicists in a house perpetually full of graduate students, Marguerite stands out in her scientific family for her passion for art and her dream of one day being a painter. When her parents and their two assistants, Paul Markov and Theo Beck, create the Firebird – a device that allows you to travel between the infinite dimensions of the multiverse – and Marguerite’s dad mysteriously dies, Marguerite’s life becomes anything but normal. Driven by her desire to protect the ones she loves, Marguerite is launched into an inter-dimensional war, in which she is both the pawn and the king. Can Marguerite save the ones she loves? Can she figure out a way to defeat Triad in their quest to rule all the multiverse? Can she free herself and her dimension from war?
It’s been a long time since I’ve read a young adult dystopian novel. The last time, maybe, was when The Hunger Games came out, and so I did not know what to expect. Would the young adult tropes of love triangles, dystopian adventure, and coming-of-age content still grasp me? Would I be stuck in a mental-blackhole comparing The Firebird Series to previous YA dystopian reads? For all my anxiety starting this series, I came out at the end loving this story beyond measure (and was even introduced to the “book boyfriend,” which I am 100% on board with now).
I read A Thousand Pieces of You in December, 2017, and I loved it. I was captured by the action, the plot twists, and the eventual love triangle. Claudia Gray hooked me and reeled me along, and I finished the novel in one day. She challenged my mind as I attempted to envision the Russiaverse, The Romeverse in Ten Thousand Skies Above You, and the Spaceverse in the last installment, A Million Worlds With You. Gray’s ability to build worlds is astonishing, her capacity to create characters you fall in love with enthralling, and her capability to make villains you empathize with genius.
What truly got me about this series is Gray’s prose. Gray writes in a way that is beautiful and emotional when she needs it to be, and I closed the last book with some of my new favorite literary quotes written down in my book journal. Reading The Firebird Series was literally a rollercoaster of emotions, as I followed Marguerite’s path to vengeance, her resolution to save the multiverse, her fear in the face of ultimate peril, and both the joy and pain she felt as she dealt with the realities of being in love.
I loved The Firebird Series, and my only regret is that I have no more of it to read. It is a must-read for anyone who enjoys young adult literature, dystopian fiction, young adult science fiction, or just a good adventure. And did I mention the cover art is fire??